The Chief International Correspondent for CNN, Christiane Amanpour was in Ghana for an assignment a while ago to run an interview for her new show.

Parts of the interview she did was with popular Ghanaian socialite and photo-model, Moesha Boduong for the show; Amanpour travels to different continents to interview women who are redefining and shaping  the idea of modern love.

On this episode, Moesha explained why she is dating a married man by stating;

Our economy is just such in a way that you just need someone to take care of you. You can’t make enough money as a woman here because even when you want to get an apartment, in Ghana you pay two years in advance, and I just started working; when will I get money to pay for an apartment for two years.”

No doubt social media has gone crazy since, mainly because of her generalisation but we sense the fact that she made these comments on an international platform didn’t help her case.

Ignoring Moesha’s choice of words, generalisation and the fact that the episode does not mention the many women who have made it on their own, we cannot deny that this is a matter that needs to be discussed within our communities.  We cannot deny that it is still a man’s world in various African countries and at some point in a woman’s life she will either have to or be expected to trade sex for financial security and in many cases, to get what she deserves or has worked hard for (be it that job interview she no doubt nailed, or the promotion she gave her all for). Too often our women remain with abusive boyfriends/husbands for the same reason, in even extreme cases our teenage girls are among those expected to trade sex in order not to have a roof over her head, to have her school fees paid or in order not to be failed by a lecturer.

Despite the anger towards Moeasha and/or CNN, as Ghanaians, West Africans or African women, we should now channel our energy into making this situation a thing of the past so that finally our women can get the respect they deserve. Yes, many still disrespect successful women as it is always assumed that a man is behind her success, this culture must end.

Watch a snippet of the interview below, the full interview will be out on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

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